West Indies news January 26, 2016

Chanderpaul deserved proper send-off - Lara

ESPNcricinfo staff

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Former West Indies captain Brian Lara has expressed his disappointment at his long time team-mate Shivnarine Chanderpaul not getting a 'proper send-off' in international cricket. Lara called Chanderpaul, who announced his retirement on Saturday, one of the giants of West Indies cricket.

"I was very disappointed that Shiv was not allowed a couple of more Test matches, not necessarily to break the record but to have a proper send-off. Something I think he is very disappointed [about] and unfortunately that did not happen," Lara said."That guy with the most Test matches for the West Indies, playing for over 20 years, I don't think people in the West Indies understand exactly his contribution."

Chanderpaul is West Indies' second-highest scorer with 11,867 runs in 164 Tests, 86 behind Lara who scored 11,953 in 131 Tests. At 41, Chanderpaul had not played for West Indies since May 2015; the selectors dropped him after a poor home series against England.

"Shiv, who played since 1994, had a tremendous career. I started with Shiv in Guyana and remember his first Test match against England," Lara said. "He has been a great servant for West Indies cricket and he has done some tremendous things throughout his career, and credit must be given to the man for how he has played.

"When I do have the opportunity to give him a call and thank him, I will because for me he was one of the giants of West Indies cricket."

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  • jaswant on January 31, 2016, 6:43 GMT

    Casting him as nothing reminds me of the struggle and ignominy our fore parents endured at the hands of the "Masters". Today much haven't changed.evidences of dictatorship are still alive among us. Those trusted with the reigns are now inflicting the pain we thought were forever gone. Shiv Chanderpaul needs not worry,those paltry losers who thought it unnecessary to recognize him will forever be remembered by the rest of the cricketing world as those who helped to destroy WI cricket. Long live Shivnarine Chanderpaul.

  • RANDY on January 29, 2016, 1:22 GMT

    Great accumulator of runs, steely, determined, disciplined would be my description of Chanderpaul. At the risk of angering his devoted fans who hold him in god-like esteem, would also assert that he was very self-centered when it came to batting. But a reliable player whose contributions with the bat have been sorely missed already. Had he bowed out gracefully after the SA tour, Chanderpaul would've forced our petty and vindictive Board to honor his sterling contributions to WI cricket with a much-deserved send-off, even against its will. Wish him the best.

  • Michael on January 28, 2016, 23:31 GMT

    Shiv had ELEVEN innings to prove his worth at the end and he averaged no more than 16.,and people are saying that he at age 41 should have been given time to regain his form. He did had time to regain his form in England and for Guyana and he did not.

  • Sreekanth on January 28, 2016, 6:09 GMT

    @3RDPARTY - Tendulkar has always been generous and selfless. Just because you hate him for no reason other than he is famous, does not make him a bad person. The way youngsters in the team like kohli etc raised him on their shoulders after winning 2011 WC shows how great his nature has been.

    Also, if you see Mumbai Indians is the only team in IPL that frequently plays with less than the allowed 4 international players, just to give youngsters an opportunity to shine. That is the character of the great man.

  • Shem on January 27, 2016, 15:41 GMT

    Not a good way to encourage young cricketers to want to play for WI and we wonder why they want to ply their trade elsewhere, including Baseball. Thanks for the many memories Tiger and for the great B Lara to recognized this.

  • azad on January 27, 2016, 7:24 GMT

    A lovely cricketer whom I adored in the West Indies in addition to Lara, Walsh, Ambrose & Sarwan. He should have been chosen to represent the WI team, the young players in the current WI team has not performed but with Shiv in the team can guide and give encouragement to the young players who will be only too thrilled to have Shiv to back them up. I loved his style of batting (crab style), he should have continued playing. Good luck to you Shiv, the world of cricket will miss your presence.

  •   Balasubramaniam Bala on January 27, 2016, 6:00 GMT

    There something seriously wrong with Clive Lloyd and the West Indies board. He had been associated withe board is some capacity or the other since his retirement can't he bring the glory days.

    If he is so toothless or if the West Indies board is so impervious to his suggestion why are they co-existing, marriage of convenience is it?

    Something is definitely fishy in all that is happening and even the players who have been targeted and maligned do not seem to take it up and expose the mess.

    What is really wrong and ailing all you guys?

  •   Andy M Foo on January 27, 2016, 3:39 GMT

    I think Clive Loyd couldn't handle that he was toppled by Shivnarine Chanderpaul as the greatest player to step off the land of many of waters and to allow him to finish the game as the highest test scorer in the West Indies.

  • Patrick on January 27, 2016, 3:07 GMT

    At some point Father Time catches up on all of us and this happened to Shiv. There is no fairness when the policy is to chop older players. Non-performance of younger players is excused as "development" whilst the backbone of the team is discarded when he has a couple of "bad" series by his own high standards. Shame on you WICB and Lloyd. The lack of decency and disrespect shown to the great man that Shiv is, does not set an example to anyone; least of all the budding cricketers that you are trying to develop. What harm would a proper two Test send off have done to the rather predictable results?

  • hamish on January 27, 2016, 2:51 GMT

    If Chanderpaul had been selected against Australia last May I'm sure Brad Haddin would've given him a huge send-off!!!

    Only kidding - thanks for the memories Shiv (up there with Sangakkara and Younis Khan as my favourite non-NZ players of the modern era).

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